The United States, Mexico And Canada Will Host The 2026 World Cup

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The combined North American bid of the United States, Mexico and Canada was awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, moving Baltimore one step closer toward possibly hosting a match in the quadrennial soccer competition. Questions instantly turned to the field, with many casual observers wondering whether the USA will automatically qualify for the tournament.

They are the most compelling reasons why we would be the best hosts.

The United States also bid for the 2022 World Cup, and had been favorite to host that tournament, but lost out to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar at FIFA's congress in 2010. Both the United States and Canada failed to qualify for this year's World Cup.

Arrowhead has experience with Major League Soccer events, having hosted the Kansas City Wizards - now known as Sporting Kansas City - for 12 years and the U.S. Open Cup Final in 2004.

Added Reed: "In our country of Canada we've got three wonderful host cities that have had great success in the past in hosting global sporting events, including the [2015] Women's World Cup, [2014] Women's Under-20 World Cup, [2007] Men's Under-20 World Cup".

Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986. Leaders of the Morocco bid said they expected an African tournament to generate $5 billion in revenue.

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This is the first World Cup since 2006 to be hosted in Europe.

Prior to the vote, FIFA's inspections report favored the North American bid, highlighting three "high risk" elements in Morocco's bid: stadiums, hotels and transport.

The president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, stated, "Morocco is pleased to have presented a solid bid where football is at the centre of an authentic, profitable FIFA World Cup with a strong legacy". It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported. Canadian officials have said they will push to have games played in all three of their host cities.

With a handful of games in Mexico and Canada but the majority in the US, the 2026 bid promises the richest and most lucrative tournament in the history of global soccer.

Spain abstained, its attention diverted by news that national team manager Julen Lopetegui was headed to Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid after the tournament. Of the 23 stadiums that comprised the bid, 17 are already prepared to host a World Cup match and only six would require some kind of renovation before welcoming the world. "Not only will U.S. Soccer get an automatic bid (to compete in the tournament), but Philadelphia has a great chance of being one of the host cities".

The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever held - with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days. Infantino said Wednesday that discussions about the issue will be held in the weeks to come but added that CONCACAF, and not the FIFA Council, will make the decision.

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